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The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia

This cool bird was supposed to be included in last week’s quirky tails, but for some reason, I couldn’t make room for it – only so MANY birds to choose from! – so today, this handsome chap gets its own post.

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Image: Get a load of that tail!

๐Ÿฆ The male Ribbon-tailed Astrapia has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird, over three times the length of its body.ย 

๐Ÿฆย The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia belongs to the bird-of-paradise species. Astrapia comes from Greek for flashing or lightning.

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Image: Female Ribbon-tailed Astrapia via Con Foley

๐Ÿฆย Due to habitat loss and being hunted for its plumes, the bird is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

๐Ÿฆ Females do not have the long white tail.

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Image: A beautiful close-up

๐Ÿฆ This bird can be mainly found in Papua New Guinea.

It’s a beautiful bird. I’ve been blessed to discover so many unique beauties while doing this challenge. God truly is the Master Architect.ย Via Cornell Lab of Ornithology, see the beautiful ribbon-tail in action:

 

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Reference/s: charismaticplanet.com; Wikipedia; YouTube

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Behind the lens! ๐Ÿ“ธ, What's Up Wednesday? ๐ŸŽˆ

Guess the color! (Reveal!)

Salut, and welcome back to the fusion of What’s Up Weds and Behind the Lens. Last week, I challenged you to guess the color of a handsome creature that I filtered. Firstly, I want to thank those who participated. It was really fun reading your answers, and most of you came close with one color.

Here is the untouched photo revealed in all its glory:

Blue and black are the colors of this beauty of God. I love how the blue weaves into the black for this beautiful combination. When it curiously landed in the backyard, I quickly dashed inside to get the phone to capture it before it flew off. I was quite surprised and happy to get a really nice close-up.ย 

Once again, thank you for playing along. Blessed Wednesday to all!

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The Quirky Tails

The first thing about these birds that caught my eye was their beautifully unique tails. Yup. Proceed and see for yourself.ย 

A stunning Resplendent Quetzal about to take off at the highlands of Costa Rica.  Quetzal Resplandeciente Resplendent Quetzal  (Pharomachrus mocinno)  Cerro de la Muerte, San Josรฉ, CR  ยฉ Mauro Roman Nature Photo

Image: The Quetzal

Photo by Mauro Romรกn (via National Geographic)

๐Ÿฆย The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala; its vibrant colors represent the Guatemalan people.

Marvellous Spatuletail - Loddigesia Mirabilis - by Ian Merrill. A peruvian endemic, this species is found on forest edges in the Rio Utcubamba region, northen Perรน. Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size and limited range is evaluated as endangered.

Image: The Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird

Photo by Ian Merrill

๐Ÿฆ The Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird is found only in a small area of Peru for it’s endangered. It is one of the world’s rarest hummingbirds.ย 

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Image: The Jackson’s Widowbird

๐Ÿฆ The Jackson’s Widowbird is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae and can be found in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Image: Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

๐Ÿฆ Lady Amherstโ€™s Pheasant is found in SW China and Myanmar. Like most Phasianidae species (inclusive of pheasant and peafowls), the LAP prefers to escape danger by running rather than flying.ย 

Turquoise-browed motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

Image: Motmot

๐Ÿฆ Motmot is any of about 10 species of long-tailed forest birds of the family Momotidae. They’re normally found in South and Central America.

Via Wildlife-Lodges, listen to the sounds of the Resplendent Quetzal.ย 

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Reference/s: Wikipedia; oiseaux-birds.com;ย YouTube

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Behind the lens! ๐Ÿ“ธ, What's Up Wednesday? ๐ŸŽˆ

Guess the color!

Hi guys, welcome back to Behind the Lens. For the last two Wednesdays, I’ve posted photos of my new photo subject: dragonflies. They’re beautiful creatures crafted by D’ Master Architect. Today, I’ll be merging Behind the Lens with What’s Up Wednesdays.

What we’re going to do today is play a guessing game. I’ll supply a photo in relation to BTL and you’ll have to guess what the actual colors of the creature are. Ready?

Here’s the photo:

These creatures are beautiful and BIG on colors! This one actually has two colors.

Can you guess what those two colors are?

The untouched photo will be revealed in all its glory next week God’s willing, but in the meantime, I look forward to your guesses below. ๐Ÿ˜„

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โœˆ Travel Tuesday โœˆ

We breathe love ๐Ÿ’™

At first glance, this shot could be easily mistaken for the shoreline of Maracas or anywhere in the beachy Caribbean, but lo and behold, this mesmerizing shot comes from Lac De Maguide, France.ย 

Via @hello_franceย (Instagram). Follow this account for beautiful wanderlust photos of France, the place that has something for everyone.

Also, credit to Yohan Espiaube for this exceptional shot! He’s an amazing photographer, and he captures the essence, beauty, and poetry that is France splendidly.

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The Peacocks and Pheasants

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I love peacocks! I mean, who doesn’t? Although it’s hardly seen, a peacock in flight is STUNNING! Have you ever seen one in flight? As for pheasants, they’re on some real judgmental stuff. What do I mean? Stick around and find out.ย 

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Image: Peacock in flight! Isn’t it STUNNING?

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๐Ÿฆย Peacocks and pheasants belong to the Phasianidae family, which also includes partridges, grouse, and turkeys. The peacock mainly makes their home in India and Sri Lanka, while pheasants can be found in Asia, Australia, Europe, Hawaii, New Zealand, and North America.

๐Ÿฆย The peacock is also known as the Indian Peafowl or the Bird with One Hundred Eyes and is the national bird of India.ย 

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Image: The Golden Pheasant looks as if it’s wearing a judge’s wig… sort of. It also looks like it just stepped out of the “Remember the Time” music video.

๐Ÿฆ Both peacock and pheasant prefer the same food when it comes to eating so no complaining for them at the buffet table! However, there is one food that peacocks eat that pheasant wouldn’t think twice about and that’s the juvenile cobra.

๐Ÿฆ Male peacocks are celebrated for their beauty and male pheasants are known for their eye-catching appearance. You know what’s ironic? The fact that both male peacock and pheasant are brighter and more beautiful than the female, but they have to try their hardest best to win the dull-looking girl with their courtship display. Hmmm… I guess they would’ve been too full of themselves if it was the other way around! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Image: Palawan Peacock-Pheasant. A thing of pure beauty.

๐Ÿฆ Peacocks tend to avoid human-populated areas; they prefer the forests whereas pheasants tend to inhabit meadows, fields, and farmlands. The average lifespan for a peacock is 25 years, whereas pheasants can live up to 18 years.

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Peacocks are enchantingly beautiful, and they’re a royal sight to behold. Their beauty is a reminder of God’s gorgeous and amazing creation while their regal appearance is a reminder that God has crowned us with glory and honor.

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The White or Albino Peacock is pure and when its feathers are open and spread, it reminds me of a wedding dress somewhat and that Christ is coming for His bride soon. Via KRIBST, here’s a video of a princely white peacock showcasing God’s majestic aesthetic. It makes a commanding sound before putting on a feathertacular show to entertain the ever curious humans. Thank God for this gorgeous animal!

 

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The Owls

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Owls. They’re adorable, precious, and my favorite of the bird species after Kiskadees. I also love the birds that I’ll be featuring for the letter ‘P’. ๐Ÿ’™ Owls tend to get a bad rep for the so-call symbolism they represent in our culture, but they’re so much more than that.

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Image: The ever lovely Barn Owl

๐Ÿฆย Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees. A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains. They have a field of vision of about 110 degrees (about 70 degrees of it being binocular vision enabled).ย 

๐Ÿฆ There are around 200 different owl species. Most owls have large eyes and a flat face.

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๐Ÿฆย Owls are found just about everywhere in the world, the one exception is Antarctica. They’re very versatile birds when it comes to their habitat and highly adaptable.ย 

๐Ÿฆย Owls have exceptional vision that make it very easy to find prey, and they’re patient hunters.

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Image: The ever ethereal Snowy Owl

๐Ÿฆ For the most part, owls are very isolated creatures… until mating time comes around!

A few years ago, my mom rescued a distressed owlet that was quite tangled in fishing line that it couldn’t fly off on its own. After she untangled it, we watch it flew off to its freedom, and this video by WatchJojo Animals reminds me of that time:

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The Nightingale

The nightingale is a remarkable bird that is known to be secretive for it hides in the middle of bushes or thicket. It is also known for its sweet song.ย 

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Image: The Common Nightingale

๐Ÿฆย The nightingale is the bird of love. They sing sweetly throughout the night and teaches their young ones to sing. Where it concerns their sweet nightly singing, I once read that they only sing while their babies are in the nest and once they fledge, the parents are silent again. If this is so, it’s as if the parents’ hearts are so full of overflowing joy that they can’t help but express it through song knowing that they only have a short time together.ย 

๐Ÿฆ The Nightingale is the national bird of Iran.

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๐Ÿฆย The nightingale is the bird of the month of May. And what better fitting way to bid this month adieu?

๐Ÿฆย The French traditional song The Nightingale Which Flies inspired Tchaikovsky when composing his Humoresque opus 10-2.

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Image: Pretty Nightingale

๐Ÿฆ Noting that the nightingale sang with increasing joy as dawn approached, early Christians made the bird a symbol of the righteous Christian soul, singing in anticipation of Christ’s arrival. ๐Ÿ’™

I expected this tiny bird to sound like a harp, but it has the most amazing picture clicking or machine gun sound! Enjoy the sounds via Wildlife World:

 

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The Manakin

I found Michael Jackson in the jungles of Costa Rica!… but he was in bird form. You’ll see a little later on. Now, let’s look at some manakins.ย 

atching the Red capped Manakin dancing around reminds me Michael Jackson moonwalk. You guys have to see it! . . . . #kings_birds

Image: The Red-Capped Manakin

๐Ÿฆย Manakin is the common name given to about 60 species of small, passerine birds that can be found in Paraguay, northern Argentina, southern Mexico, southern Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago.ย 

๐Ÿฆ The name โ€œmanakinโ€ comes from the Middle Dutch mannekijn, or “little man”.

The blue manakin or swallow-tailed manakin (Chiroxiphia caudata) is a small species of bird in the fairly Pipridae. It is found mainly involved the Atlantic Forest of south-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far north-eastern Argentina. Its typical habitat is wet lowland or montane forest and heavily degraded former forest.

Image: The Blue Manakin

๐Ÿฆ Red-capped manakin males perform a “moonwalk” where they slide up and down a branch and show off their bright yellow thighs to approaching females.

๐Ÿฆ The Blue Manakin male is the bluest to the plumage while the female is duller and greenish overall. The Blue Manakin is a poster bird for the Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazilian.

Golden-headed Manakin Pipra erythrocephala

Image: The Golden-headed Manakin

๐Ÿฆ The male Golden-headed Manakin is difficult to find, however, they can be seen around male display sites where they gather to display for females.

๐ŸŽถ Birdie Jean is not my lover, ow! She’s just a bird, who claims I am the one…๐ŸŽถ

The Red Capped Manakin aka “Moonwalking Bird” has the best courting dance ever! They do the “moonwalk” completed with wings slapping the legs and slides to attract the ladies during breeding season. Watch these natural-born thrillers moves via One UnconditionalLove:

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Reference/s: insider.si.edu; manakinsrcn.org; YouTube

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